Now, those of you who read this blog regularly (well last year when I was updating it more regularly) know I like music. A lot. If I am not buying it, I’m out watching it – which usually then results in me buying more.
Anyhow, long story short, I live in Brighton UK and we have this little festival called Great Escape that is kind of the highlight of our already quite amazing live scene. 300+ bands, 30+ venues, blah blah blah. Anyway last year I went to the pre-event warm up at the Prince Albert and came across a post hardcore band called Patrons, made up by four lads from Plymouth – and 1 song in to their set, I thought these guys were a bit special. By the time we got to the end of their set I could not thrust my money into their hands quick enough to get hold of the cassette EP (yes, they were that good I bought a cassette, and I hate cassettes).
So nearly 1 year later, and over 1,200 miles of driving around to see them the play live, they are releasing their next EP – and it is a fucking corker. Everyone who reviews it, loves it and the release date is oh so close.
So if you are a fan of Thrice, Funeral for a Friend, Fightstar, Reuben or any awesome post hardcore band – you owe it music to buy this EP. It’s only £4, and I guarantee you will not regret it. Link below.
Buy it here:
Watch the video here:
So, a few weeks back I was lucky enough to go and see Mariachi El Bronx live at the Komedia in Brighton, and they did not disappoint!
As you would expect, they totally owned the place. I will link a review or two later on.
After the show, I was lucky enough to get them guys and gal to sign a couple of items from my collection (to be honest the only items in my collection for MEB).
First up, was the limited edition Mexican flag version of the Mariachi El Bronx (II) (tri-split, green, white and red) LP.
Secondly is the newer Mariachi El Bronx (III) LP on translucent orange (or gold as some people call it).
Am really chuffed to have both these items on my collection and for them to be signed, just need to get hold of Mariachi El Bronx (I) which was released in the US only, on clear vinyl. One day, I’m sure!
So after coming to this particular party very late (they were already on album no.3 before I clambered on the band wagon) – I have myself quite a task of a) finding all the back catalogue and the b) getting them all signed.
So, two years since I started collecting – this is where I am up to. Whilst not complete, I am kind of happy with where I have managed to get to.
Also, with the exception of the ‘The Wrong Car’ 12″ it is all signed – following a number of pre and post show chats – where i thrust things in their face with suitably coloured Sharpies (Concorde 2, Hoxton Bar & Grill (x2) and some other London venue whose name escapes me right now)
Unsigned ‘The Wrong Car’ 12″:
So there you go, only a few more bits to find and get signed and then I can mark my Twilight Sad vinyl collection “complete*”
*pending any new releases of course.
Thanks go to James, Mark and Andy for accommodating my signing requests.
And if you haven’t enjoyed The Twilight Sad yet, get on it!!
During RecordStoreDay2013 overnight queue-athon, I was introduced to a quite unique artist, who take samples from old public information films, archive footage and propaganda material – and carefully lays them over tracks of guitars, banjos, drums, piano and other electronic instruments.
Now, if you are thinking (as I did that evening) that this does not sound like your kind of thing – trust me, it is literally the most imaginative and ingenious thing I have heard in years – and trust me, you will fall in love with them.
So on to the possession, a test pressing of this years RecordStoreDay2014 release of “Elfstedentocht parts 1 & 2” that was sent to me by the very kindly by the man himself, J. Willgoose Esq. (and I mean it when I say that he possible one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to meet)
Picture: both the RSD official version and test pressing
The single itself contains 2 tracks (Part 1 and Part 2 – does what it says on the tin) which are both about the Elfstedentocht, or Eleven Cities Tour, the world’s biggest ice-skating marathon – and were specially-written tracks for Explore the North Festival in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands – and therefore do not appear on the debut album “Inform-Educate-Entertain”.
I urge everyone to take the time to listen to these guys – even if it is not for you, the time and care that they obviously put into their music demands your attention.
They don’t have the biggest back catalogue at the moment, 1×12″ EP, 1 LP and a handful of 7″s – so a good time to start collecting:
And to Mr J Willgoose Esq., if you ever see this post, thank you for this – it is a great addition to my PSB collection.
Link to Public Service Broadcasting on Discogs:
May has been a busy month with gigs and record purchasing and I finally now have some time catch up and blog about some of the great things that I have acquired.
First up is the “Goodtime Boys”. A UK hardcore band currently signed to Bridge 9 that came to my attention via a strategically placed poster (right by my head) at a recent Boy Jumps Ship! gig. I cannot tell you how glad I am to have found this epic band, not just because they are quite frankly amazing, but because they are Bridge 9 – it means their vinyl releases look amazing and are always made up of numerous variants. So I bought the lot (nearly) and got it all signed at their ‘Rain’ release party at Brighton’s Bermuda Triangle.
Complete collection (post signing):
New album ‘Rain’ on white and pink vinyl:
Split EP with Self Defence Family on blue 7″:
Things I Still Don’t Understand EP on white 7″:
Every Landscape EP on clear green 7″:
What’s Left To Let Go EP on Purple/ Pink/ Green merged 12″:
Goodtime Boys live at the Bermuda Triangle (photo):
At the aforementioned Goodtime Boys show, I also picked up the 12″ releases by both the support acts, “We Never Learned to Live” and “Grappler” – also now both fully signed.
We Never Learned to Live – We Never Learned to Live EP on single sided clear 12″ with black etching on the reverse:
Grappler – Everything I Ever Feared on white/black split 12″:
Also this month I popped down to see “The Wonder Years” play Brighton’s The Haunt and again purchased the support acts releases, this time “State Champs” and “A Loss For Words”.
State Champs – The Finer Things on multicoloured rainbow split/splatter 12″:
A Loss For Words – The Kids Can’t Lose on cream/ blue/ red merged 12″:
When not attending live shows, I have still been shopping hard online – picking a few other little gems, most of which have also come on coloured vinyl, including:
Cosmo – Cosmo EP on picture disc 10″:
Cosmo is a band, led by Felix White (The Maccabees), that features guest vocals from Jack Penate, Florence Welch, Jessie Ware, Jamie N Commons, Johnny Bramwell and Adam Day. It also features Sam Doyle, Hugo White, Jack Birchwood and Chris Woolison.
Haim – If I Could Change Your Mind (all 3 sleeve variants) on Turquoise 10″:
Next up is couple of “Tall Ships” releases that I was missing:
Tall Ships – T=0 single on white 7″:
Tall Ships – Hit The Floor 7″:
Following from their amazing set at this year’s Great Escape festival, I also picked the latest EP and Single by a four piece from Belgium called BRNS who weave together tunes that are mystical, moody and insatiably catchy.
BRNS – Wounded EP on 12″and Void Single on 7″:
And finally, a handful of US only releases. First up is two RecordStoreDay 2014 releases by “Foals” and “Death Cab For Cutie” followed by the Adeline Records reissue of “Green Day” Minority single.
Foals – Live from the Royal Albert Hall EP on 12″:
Death Cab for Cutie featuring the Magik*Magik Orchestra – Live 2012 LP on 2×12″:
Green Day – Minority single on translucent red 7″
And that concludes May’s vinyl acquisitions…. and already June is shaping up to be even better 😀
For the last few weeks my free time has bee taken up with planning my Great Escape Festival plans – but during this time I have obtained loads of new vinyl. First up is 3 Newbury Comics special edition releases.
1. Nirvana – Bleach (limited to 750)
Newbury Comics have reissued this amazing LP on clear/white smoke vinyl using the original master tapes. I have number 429
2. Pearl Jam – Ten (limited to 2,000)
Newbury Comics have reissued the twin version of the Ten LP that was originally issued as part of the Legacy box set on coke bottle green vinyl. I have number 1066
3. The Strokes – This Is It (limited to 1,000)
The last of the Newbury Comics items is the reissue of The Strokes amazing debut on a half gold (translucent orange) and half blue plate. I have number 0409
Next up is the full set of Crosses 10″ that make up the LP that was released earlier this year (which I purchased on White vinyl):
One last update, I have also picked up one of the earlier Catfish and the Bottlemen singles (Rango), on white 7″ vinyl and The Cooper Temple Clause’s debut album, “See Through This and Leave” on 6×7″ black vinyl:
So, another year means another Great Escape festival in Brighton. As each year passes, the number of bands increase, the number of venues with new names increase and most importantly, my militaristically performed analysis project becomes harder to fit in.
At the last count, I have managed to listen to more than 250 of the artists playing the Great Escape, and Alternative Escape events – and most importantly found a few real gems.
Special mentions to my top ten must sees:
BRNS // Etches // A Plastic Rose // Amber Run // The Darlingtons // JAWS // Lonely the Brave // Andy Shauf // Blaenavon // Dry The River (okay, not that new a band ;p)
..and also to two of my favourite bands that have just been added to the Alternative Escape:
Esben and the Witch // Escapists
So, with just one day until the festival kicks off, here is my provisional list of targets/ times and places so that if any of my buddies get misplaced – they will know where to go.
Wednesday 7th May:
01. Black Foxxes; 8.45pm @ Prince Albert
02. The Sleepwalks; 9.30pm @ Prince Albert
03. Patrons; 10.15pm @ Prince Albert
Thursday 8th May:
04. Ballet School; 12.30pm @ Green Door Store
05. VIMES; 1.30pm @ Green Door Store
06. Eyes and No Eyes; 2.30pm @ Bermuda Triangle
07. Still Parade; 3.30pm @ Green Door Store
08. Sam Fender; 4.30pm @ Festival Hub
09. RM Hubbert; 6.15pm @ Concorde2
10. Amber Run; 7pm @ Concorde2
11. Rae Morris; 7.45pm @ Concorde2
12. Circa Waves; 8.30pm @ Concorde2
13. Augustines; 9.30pm @ Concorde2
14. A Plastic Rose; 11pm @ Blind Tiger
15. The Hold Steady; 0.15am @ Dome Studio
(Back Up Band: East India Youth; 0.00am @ Green Door Store)
Friday 9th May:
16. The Darlingtons; 12.30pm @ Queen’s Hotel
17. JAWS; 1.15pm @ Komedia
18. Glory, Glory; 1.45pm @ Blind Tiger
19. Amber Run (Again); 2.30pm @ Above Audio
20. Ezra Vine; 3.15pm @ Spiegeltent
21. Esben & the Witch, 4.30pm @ Shipwright’s Yard
22. A Plastic Rose (again); 5.30pm @ Festival Hub
23. Gallery Circus; 7pm @ Green Door Store
24. Prides; 7.45pm @ Green Door Store
25. Blaenavon; 8.30pm @ The Brighton Centre: East Wing
26. Famy; 9.15pm @ The Brighton Centre: East Wing
27. Dry The River; 10.15pm @ The Brighton Centre: East Wing
28. Royal Blood; 11pm @ Corn Exchange
29. Afterpartees; 11.45pm @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
30. The Clameens; 0.45am @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
31. Gnarwolves; 1.30am @ Bermuda Triangle
Saturday 10th May:
32. Andy Shauf; 12.15pm @ Blind Tiger
33. Carnival Youth; 1.15pm @ The Hope
34. Audience Killers; 2.15pm @ The Hope
35. Billy Lockett; 2.45pm @ Spiegeltent
36. Boy Jumps Ship; 3.15pm @ Bermuda Triangle
37. Etches; 3.45pm @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar (VALIDATE)
38. BRNS; 4.30pm @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
39. Etches (again); 5.30pm @ The Tube
40. Ric (from Tall Ships); 6.15pm @ Pav Tav
41. Black City Lights; 7.45pm @ Blind Tiger
42. Champs; 8.15pm @ Unitarian Church
43. Escapists; 9.10pm @ The Albion Hotel: Bar Rogue
44. Future Islands; 9.45pm @ Digital
45. Twin Atlantic; 11.15pm @ The Warren
Final update from the UK portion of my RSD14 acquisitions covers the 12″ singles.
First up, and not strictly a 12″ is the Paramore “broken record” pressing of Ain’t It Fun, featuring the Dutch Uncles Remix. Limited to 300
Next is the translucent red David Lynch E.P. – The Big Dream Remixes, which features reworkings by Bastille, Moby, Hot Since 82 and Bjorn Yttling. Limited to 1,000
Another record on my must get list was the Haim 12″ of Forever that features the awesome Giorgio Moroder remix. Limited to 4,000.
I was also able to get hold of Soulwax remix of Metronomy’s Love Letters on etched vinyl. Limited to 500.
Next is the only US import that I was able to get on the day itself, the Frightened Rabbit – Live from Criminal Records EP. Limited to 3,000.
I also picked up the Rammstein 12″ that features the Pet Shop Boys remix of Mein Teil and the Scooter remix of Pussy, limited to 1,000 and finally the reissue of the Oasis – Supersonic 12″, limited to 3,000.
After the 10″s – it’s the 7 “s – all 16 of them. To save space, I’ve photoed them in batches – with any coloured vinyl removed from the sleeve. Each record is listed as: artist – track a/ track b, (vinyl colour), and [limited to]
Bombay Bicycle Club – To The Bone/ Reign Down (black) 
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Kathleen (white) 
CHVRCHES – We Sink/ It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay (green) 
Circa Waves – Stuck In My Teeth/ 100 Strangers (yellow) 
Coldplay – Midnight/ etched seals (black) [?]
Damon Albarn – Hollow Ponds/ Lonely Press Play (black) [?]
David Bowie – Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide/ Rock ‘n’ Roll Suicide Ziggy Mix (picture) [2,500]
Kodaline – Coming Up/ All I Want with RTE Concert Orchestra (white) 
Kings of Leon – Wait for Me/ Don’t Matter (gold*) [2,000]
Maximo Park – Random Regrets/ On The Sly (red marble) 
Nirvana – Pennyroyal Tea/ I Hate Myself and Want to Die (black) [6,000]
Paul Weller – Brand New/ Laneslide (black) 
Public Service Broadcasting – Elfstedentocht Pt1/ Pt2 (white) [1,000]
Suede – Let Go/ Heroin (black) [1,000]
The Strypes – Hard to Say No/ So They Say/ I Don’t Want to Know/ Still Gonna Drive You Home (black) [1,000]
Twin Atlantic – Heart & Soul (white) [1,000]
Following on from all those LPs was a number of 10″ releases, including the most expensive RSD14 release (I think).
No.1: Ray Parker Jr – Ghostbusters:
One of the fastest selling items in the majority of shops from what I understand, and already commanding a resale cost of exceeding £35 on eBay (original price minus eBay flippers tax, £9.99) is the ‘Glow in the Dark’ Ghostbusters track by Ray Parker Jr, from the Ghostbusters OST. Not normally one to buy novelty pieces related to 80’s pop classics, but as a huge Ghostbusters fan – I couldn’t resist. Limited to 1,000
See it here (courtesy of Legacy Recordings)
No. 2: Soundgarden – Superunknown: The Singles:
With No.1 being one of the most popular, No.2 on my list is the most expensive. Weighing in at £87.99 is the Soundgarden boxset that contains the reissues of the singles from the Superunknown era. There is nothing in this set that justifies the steep price tag, and if it wasn’t for my absolute love of this album and the music from around that time – I’d probably have passed on this release. Does look nice though with the new Josh Graham artwork. Limited to 3,500
Fell on Black Days (up close):
My Wave (up close):
The Day I Tried To Live (up close):
Black Hole Sun (up close):
Spoonman (up close):
No. 3: London Grammar – Hey Now (Bonobo/ Zero 7 Mixes):
One of last years hottest bands, London Grammar, aren’t shy of letting their tracks get remixed – and the majority of them are pretty awesome. These two are no exception and the vinyl itself is equally as impressive! Limited to 2,000
No. 4: Dan Croll – Hello My Baby (feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo):
One of the later announced releases, and one that I found out about from the man himself at a recent Resident in-store. A US only release on “gold” (translucent orange) vinyl – recorded in Africa with LBM a few weeks back. Very catchy indeed. Limited to 1,000
No. 5: Garbage – Girls Talk:
Another one of those releases where you only buy it because you all the bands other stuff. This release contains the track, Girls Talk which features Brody Dalle (The Distillers) on vocals with Shirley Manson. Limited to 4,000